Can I have chocolate, sweetie? My hubby asked our daughter. Ok daddy, you can take a bite, she said in her high spirits. “Just a bite?” he asked her again. “Yes daddy”.
“Can I have all of it?”. By now my hubby was pushing her.
Why? And No You can’t daddy. It is mine! She responded without thinking about it while giving him this firm look like there is no way you having all this chocolate
“But I gave it to you in the first place” my hubby throwing in this last response.
“Yes you did, daddy but now it is mine and you can only have some of it… if you really want it, She replied him with her tiny sweet voice”. Not prepared to change her mind about giving her dad “all of it” she stared at the chocolate and then back at him. It was decided. She wasn’t giving her dad all of it, period.
Can you relate with this somehow?
It is funny how we do the very same thing to God. Huh! Yes friend.
Bible Reading: Genesis 22: 1-12
When the Lord asked Abraham to go sacrifice his son, what was he doing?
Quick Thoughts here…
Place yourself in his shoes for a minute; no child of your own for donkey years, yet your servants and animals are reproductive and everywhere around you is multiplication. And finally, this long awaited miracle arrives and the Lord says He wants it back.
Would you gladly say “Ok. Lord you can have Isaac back no problems at all”
I think you are chuckling too just like I am over here.
Giving God all is a huge sacrifice.
Giving God all comes with a cost.
Giving God all shows how much you trust Him with your life.
Abraham knew God was up to something. He didn’t know what it was but He chose to obey and trust Him all the same.
Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. Mark 10:28-30
Like my daughter, we quickly forget it was God who gave us everything we own in the first place.
God gives us life but we want to hand him bits and pieces of it in return.
God gives us gifts and talents but we feel comfortable using most of it for ourselves.
How hard can it be?
Tough, I know, nonetheless Abraham chose to give it without thinking twice. No second guesses.
Every day God calls us to give it all back to Him.
He calls us to surrender.
He calls us to yield.
He calls us to lose our lives, our defences, our vanity, our all so we can gain that which is eternal.
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. Luke 9:23
Jesus gave us His all when He died on the cross.
If we hold on tightly to our lives, we would lose it. But if we lose it for Him we will gain it all back, not as we gave Him but a hundred fold more. Alleluia! That’s the blessing in giving Him our all.
That’s the blessing Abraham got. The blessing of divine multiplication.
And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; Genesis 22:16-17
Back to the question: What was God doing when He said give me Isaac? He was giving Abraham an invitation into divine multiplication. But first He had to test Abraham to see “Would Abraham trust me enough?”
It may be in your marriage, your struggle with weight, your parenting, your career, your health, your _______, let the Lord have all of it.
Trust God enough by giving Him your all.
Join me today make this short prayer,
“Lord Jesus, I give it all
You can have all of it”
As you reflect and think upon the work of grace that was done on the cross, think about ways you have not fully yielded to Him and make a commitment to let God into all of your life and not let Him have some of it.
By His Great Grace,